why should you eat super foods?

Foods can have so many health benefits and help you to feel great, feel full of energy and keep you looking and feeling more healthy. Read on to find out why you should eat super foods.

Kale

It isn’t just dairy products that give your bones a boost. This dark leafy green vegetable is one of the richest sources of calcium, which is essential for bone health. Kale also contains lots of other vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid and iron for energy. Kale is also great for promoting eye health because it contains lutein and zeaxanthin.

Asparagus

Asparagus is great source of folate which is vital to have if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby. It is also great for heart health and contains vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6 which are known to play a key role in your brain and nervous system healthy and combating fatigue and stress.

Berries

Berries are packed with antioxidants in particular blueberries which are a perfect anti-aging snack. They are rich in phytochemicals, known as phenolic acids and anthocyanins, they are best for fighting free radical damage. Research has suggested that blueberries can also help to fight wrinkles and contain compounds that protect against urinary tract infections. I buy frozen blueberries and add them to plain yogurt. Frozen berries are cheaper and they last a lot longer. You may find this helpful too Why Should You Eat Blueberries??

Olives and Olive Oil

Do you want to keep your skin youthful and your joints flexible, then make sure you include olive oil in your diet. One of the best sources of monounsaturated fats, Olives are also rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, which protect cells from damage that can contribute to ageing . I add a olive oil to my salads.

Oats

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome eat porridge every morning as it is rich in soluble and insoluble fibre. Oats can help to soothe an irritated gut and regulate bowel movements. They are also an excellent way to start your day because they give you energy and boost your immune system. They also contain selenium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B1. Oats are packed with slow-releasing carbohydrates, helping you feel fuller for longer and making them useful if you are trying to lose weight.

Yogurt

If you suffer from thrush or other yeast infections then eating live natural yogurt every day will help to prevent them by restoring the friendly bacteria lactobacilli in your body. Probiotic bacteria have also been shown to be crucial for supporting immune health which is always an added bonus. Yogurt is rich in calcium therefore it is great for your bones. Try to buy plain yogurt as flavoured varieties can be high in sugar. You can add your own berries or small amount of honey.

Cranberries

These are evert woman’s best friend because they are known for their ability to prevent urinary tract infections, due to a substance that prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract. Cranberry juice has also been shown to inhibit the bacteria associated with peptic ulcers.

Green Tea

This is one of my favourites. If you are trying to lose weight then research has suggested that drinking green tea every day, combined with exercise can accelerate loss of body fat around your waist. Green tea is rich in antioxidants that have been shown to raise metabolic rate making it easier to burn fat. It also contains theanine, a calming neurotransmitter that helps to beat stress.

Take a read about teas CAN A CUP OF TEA REALLY IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

Cinnamon

If you are prone to dips in energy or crave energy then add this spice to your morning latte. Cinnamon helps to improve the transport of glucose to your body’s cells rather than encouraging it to be stored as fat. Its also thermogenic, meaning it helps to burn off fat. Use a teaspoon of ground cinnamon a day sprinkled over porridge or milky drinks.

Soya

Soya products are rich in phytoestrogens known as isoflavones, naturally occurring substances that modulate female hormone levels to ease premenstrual and menopausal symptoms. Rich in protein, soya is also good for building muscle and aiding weight loss. Fermented soya products such as miso, tempeh and natto are thought to be more easily digestible and contain activated isoflavones, but other forms such as edamame, tofu and soya yogurts are also beneficial.

Salmon

Wild Alaskan salmon is an essential food. It is packed with heart friendly omega 3 fatty acids, including DHA and EPA which also helps to fight depression, lowers inflammation and protects against cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. Salmon is a great source of protein and energy boosting coenzyme Q10. Other good fish choices are sardines and mackerel. Try to eat oily fish two-three times a week.

As you can see there is some wonderful foods that can do amazing things for your body and your health. You don’t have to change your diet all at once, just try to include some of the foods every bit helps.

More wonderful foods to come on Wednesday.

Enjoy your day and think about what you are eating today.

Karen x

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HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE CHICKEN STEW

Are you stuck what to make for tea? Sometimes trying to think of new ideas to cook can be hard especially when you are busy and lots to do therefore read on to find out how to make simple chicken stew. If you plan your weekly meals you most certainly can eat healthy meals and it makes food shopping a lot easier and quicker when you have planned your meals. Make sure you have eaten before you go shopping because it can tempt you into buying more sweet treats.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2tbsp Olive oil

1 red onion finely sliced

1 carrot finely chopped

1 leek sliced

1 red pepper finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic crushed

150ml chicken stock

400g can chopped tomatoes

1tbsp sundried tomato paste

400g cooked chicken breasts chopped into small chunks

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Method

Heat the oil in a large frying pan.

Add the onion, carrot, leek and red pepper and cook for 5 minutes on a medium heat.

Add the crushed garlic, chicken stock, tomatoes, sundried tomato paste, stir well and bring to the boil.

Cover and simmer stirring occasionally until slightly thickened.

Mix in the cooked chicken pieces and heat through for 5 minutes.

Serve with pasta, rice or quinoa.

I choose to serve mine with quinoa.

I did all the preparation for this meal in the morning therefore it was quick and easy to make for tea. I did take the easy option of using the quinoa you can buy in a packet and only requires 2 minutes to heat in the microwave because it does save time if you are in a rush.

Hope you give it a try and enjoy it, my son enjoyed it and he can be a tricky customer!!

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How To Feel Fuller For Longer

Do you take diet pills, appetite suppressants or slimming teas? These can take take a toll on your health. It is far better to tackle hunger pangs in a natural way. These simple tips can help in how to feel fuller for longer. You may also find this helpful Are You Struggling To Lose Weight?

Increase Your Fibre

Foods high in fibre will keep you feeling fuller for longer after you have finished your meal. Foods such as brown rice, bran, oats contain soluble fibre and therefore act like a sponge and soaks up moisture in the stomach. The fibre swells up, making you feel full, and also helps to release sugars slowly to prevent energy dips. You might like to try high fibre apples, avocados, beans, broccoli, nuts and seeds.

Eat More Protein

Do you get the 4pm dip? If you do try eating more protein with your meals. A high carbohydrate meal can make your energy and blood sugar levels peak and then trough. If you increase the amount of protein you will help your body convert carbohydrates to sugar more slowly. Healthy sources of protein include chicken, fish, chickpeas, quinoa, eggs, cheese and snack on nuts. Discover How To Get Enough Protein When you Don’t Eat Meat

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Keep Hydrated

If you are dehydrated the brain can confuse this signal as a sign of hunger. Before you consider what you are going to snack on have a drink or water and wait 20 minutes because this make just make the hunger pang go away. Try to sip water throughout the day and aim for 2 litres.

Break Those Back Habits

Are you really hungry? When we are tired, stressed or bored we often want to eat. This is a psychological craving. Do you eat out of habit such as wanting a dessert after you have eaten your meal? When you are low on energy or feel light headed you can crave something to satisfy the need quickly like chocolate, biscuits or crisps. Having an apple or some nuts will quickly sort out the problem and it will keep you fuller for longer.

Avoid Bad Habits

Unlike healthy, unrefined carbohydrates (such as brown rice and oats), refined carbohydrates, including white bread, pasta, sweets and biscuits are high glycaemic index and release sugars into your system quickly, giving a short term energy fix. This is why you be hungry again in a very short space of time.

Make Sure You Exercise

Exercise will not make you more hungry, it will actually help to prevent cravings and curb your appetite. Exercise helps to control your blood sugar and the body’s insulin response. After you have finished exercising make sure you eat something healthy and nutritious because this will help your body recover. Why Should You Exercise?

I have found it especially hard not to start snacking on biscuits and chocolate at the moment it is far more tempting when you are at home so much.

I do try think am I just bored or am I actually hungry. Hope some of these ideas help you to feel fuller for longer.

Have a good day

Karen x

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Roast Chicken, Potato And Chorizo Bake

Roast chicken, potato and chorizo bake is a great choice if you are stuck for ideas on what to cook for tea because it tastes amazing and is easy to make.

I prepare it in the morning and leave it in the fridge so all you have to do is pop it in the oven when you get home from work.

I try to prepare most of my meals in the morning as I find it a lot harder to cook for scratch after a busy day. Not being prepared is when a lot of people tend choose processed foods that are quick to prepare.

Ingredients

500g baby Maris peer potatoes, evenly chopped.

2 peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks.

8 cherry tomatoes left whole.

2 red onions cut into small wedges.

200g cooking chorizo, skin removed and sliced into small chunks.

1tsp paprika.

1/2 tsp chilli powder.

1tbsp, rapeseed oil.

6 or more chicken breasts.

This is just before it goes in the oven

Method

Heat the oven to 200 / 400/ gas mark 6

Place the potatoes in a large roasting tin.

Scatter the peppers, tomatoes and onions around evenly in the roasting tin.

In a small bowl mix together the paprika, chilli powder and rapeseed oil.

Pour half of it over the ingredients in the tin and mix together to ensure it covers all of them.

Place the chicken thighs on top and drizzle the remaining oil over the top.

Cook in the oven for 1 hour and then serve.

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Hope you give it a try and enjoy.

Karen x

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How To Beat Cellulite

How to beat cellulite by eating your way to smoother skin and loose that orange peel look.

Dimply thighs are the bane of every woman aspiring to their best for summer.

Cellulite appears when fat deposits under your skin push through the connective tissues.

Hormone imbalances, your genes, excess weight, circulation problems, inflammation, a sluggish lymphatic system, fluid retention and stress all play a part.

What Can You Do To Help?

Eat Your Greens

Make sure you eat more broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and sprouts because they support your liver’s detoxification enzymes. Eat plenty of sulphur-rich onions and garlic, to help your liver get rid of toxins.

Stay Hydrated

It is important to ensure you drink 1.5-2 litres of water a day because this helps your body eliminate waste and reduce water retention.

Positive Proteins

Fish, chicken, eggs, beans and pulses contain amino acids that help your body produce collagen, which helps support your skin, so eat lean meat, lentils, eggs or beans daily.

Glowing Red

To support capillary repair make sure you eat raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries. Red grapes and red grape juice are known to contain plant chemicals that are said to block the enzymes that break down collagen.

Flush Out Your System

To help fight fluid retention eat foods that are natural diuretics. These include cucumber, celery, asparagus, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, cranberries and watermelon. It can also help to eat foods that are rich in potassium to help rebalance fluid levels. Try to eat bananas, dried apricots, spinach, sweet potato and cantaloupe melon.

Eat Your Fats

Omega-3 fats hydrate your skin and expand blood vessels to improve circulation and blood flow. Eat oily fish known as sardines, mackerel, fresh tuna or salmon twice a week. If you are vegetarian include plenty of plant-based omega-3 sources such as walnuts, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and soya beans.

Go For Goji Berries

These berries are bursting with potent micronutrients for healthy cell function, plus antioxidants to protect skin. Either snack on the berries or drink 30-90ml of goji berry juice.

What Foods Should You Avoid

Sugar contributes to inflammation in the body as well as encouraging the storage of fat by boosting insulin production.

Salt encourages your body to retain water, so avoid adding it to food. Stay away from processed foods and ready meals that may have a high salt or sodium content.

Keep saturated fats and hydrogenated vegetable oils to a minimum.

Caffeine and alcohol put a strain on your liver so try to cut these down.

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Hope these help to you beat cellulite and give you the body you want and help you to feel amazing.

Karen X

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How To Make Chickpea Power Salad

Looking for ideas for a different salad, then try the chickpea power Salad.

Chickpeas are a great source of energy and full of vitamins and minerals.

This recipe serves 2 people.

Ingredients

1 yellow pepper
1 can of drained chickpeas
Lettuce leaves of your choice
6 cherry tomatoes
1 clove of crushed garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp of balsamic vinegar

Method

Divide the lettuce leaves between two bowls.

Chop the tomatoes and divide between the two bowls.

Divide the chickpeas between the two bowls.

Chop the pepper and split between the bowls.

In a jar with a lid pour in the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and crushed garlic.

Give the jar a good shake so all the ingredients mix together and share between the bowls.

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Serve and enjoy.

This is super fast to make, therefore is great to take for your lunch or a quick and easy tea.

Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try.

Karen x

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